„Two magnitudes whether commensurable or incommensurable, balance at distances reciprocally proportional to the magnitudes.“

—  Archimedes, buch On the Equilibrium of Planes

Book 1, Propositions 6 & 7, The Law of the Lever.
On the Equilibrium of Planes

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„Slavery is an evil of Colossal Magnitude.“

—  John Adams 2nd President of the United States 1735 - 1826

Letter http://founders.archives.gov/documents/Adams/99-02-02-7261 to William Tudor, Jr., 20 November 1819. Partially quoted in Founding Brothers : The Revolutionary Generation (2000) by Joseph J. Ellis, p. 240
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Kontext: I Shall not pause to consider whether my Opinion will be popular or unpopular with the Slave Holders, or Slave Traders, in the Northern the Middle, the Southern, or the Western, States—I respect all those who are necessarily subjected to this Evil.—But Negro Slavery is an evil of Colossal Magnitude. … I am therefore utterly averse to the admission of Slavery into the Missouri Territory, and heartily wish that every Constitutional measure may be adopted for the preservation of it.

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„Thou liar of the first magnitude.“

—  William Congreve, Love for Love

Act II, scene ii
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Variante: Ferdinand Mendez Pinto was but a type of thee, thou liar of the first magnitude.

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„Look at the magnitude of this subject!“

—  Abraham Lincoln 16th President of the United States 1809 - 1865

1860s, Allow the humblest man an equal chance (1860)
Kontext: Look at the magnitude of this subject! One sixth of our population, in round numbers — not quite one sixth, and yet more than a seventh, — about one sixth of the whole population of the United States are slaves! The owners of these slaves consider them property. The effect upon the minds of the owners is that of property, and nothing else — it induces them to insist upon all that will favorably affect its value as property, to demand laws and institutions and a public policy that shall increase and secure its value, and make it durable, lasting and universal. The effect on the minds of the owners is to persuade them that there is no wrong in it. The slaveholder does not like to be considered a mean fellow, for holding that species of property, and hence he has to struggle within himself and sets about arguing himself into the belief that Slavery is right. The property influences his mind. [... ] Certain it is, that this two thousand million of dollars, invested in this species of property, all so concentrated that the mind can grasp it at once — this immense pecuniary interest, has its influence upon their minds.

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„It is evident that we cannot mean to affirm that the stars of the fifth, sixth, and seventh magnitudes are really smaller than those of the first, second, or third, and that we must ascribe the cause of the difference in the apparent magnitudes of the stars to a difference in their relative distances from us.“

—  William Herschel German-born British astronomer, technical expert, and composer 1738 - 1822

Ch.4 "Life and Works" from a memoir, published (1817).
Kontext: It is evident that we cannot mean to affirm that the stars of the fifth, sixth, and seventh magnitudes are really smaller than those of the first, second, or third, and that we must ascribe the cause of the difference in the apparent magnitudes of the stars to a difference in their relative distances from us. On account of the great number of stars in each class, we must also allow that the stars of each succeeding magnitude, beginning with the first, are, one with another, further from us than those of the magnitude immediately preceding.

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„This is not a Budget, but a revolution; a social and political revolution of the first magnitude.“

—  Archibald Primrose, 5th Earl of Rosebery British politician 1847 - 1929

Letter to the The Times attacking the "People's Budget" (22 June 1909), p. 8.

„Every magnitude, every dimension, requires a new configuration.“

—  Fritz Wotruba Austrian sculptor (23 April 1907, Vienna – 28 August 1975, Vienna) 1907 - 1975

Quelle: The Human Form: Sculpture, Prints, and Drawings, 1977, p. 10.

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„But simply through magnitude a body does not receive motion“

—  Robert Grosseteste English bishop and philosopher 1175 - 1253

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Kontext: One cause, in so far as it is one, is productive of only one effect. I do not rule out several efficient causes of which one is nearer and another more remote in the same order. Thus when I say simply 'animal', I do not exclude another substance or particular substance. Hence motion, in so far as it is one, is productive of only one effect. But motion is present in every body from an intrinsic principle which is called natural. Therefore an efficient cause simply proportional to the motion is present in all bodies. But nothing is present in common in every body except primitive matter and primitive form and magnitude, which necessarily follows from these two, and whatever is entailed by magnitude as such, as position and shape. But simply through magnitude a body does not receive motion, as is clear enough when Aristotle shows that everything that moves is divisible, not, therefore, simply because of magnitude or something entailed by magnitude is a body productive of motion. Nor is primitive matter productive of motion, because it is itself passive. It is therefore necessary that motion follow simply from the primitive form as from an efficient cause.

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„Since, however, all multitude and magnitude are by their own nature of necessity infinite“

—  Nicomachus Ancient Greek mathematician 60 - 120

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„Balanced reciprocity is as much a social compact as it is an economic advantage.“

—  Peter Farb American academic and writer 1929 - 1980

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Kontext: Balanced reciprocity is as much a social compact as it is an economic advantage. It is particularly important in hunting-gathering societies, where no individual could possibly accumulate a surplus, live independently of other members of the band, or become so successful in the quest for food as never to need meat from someone else's kill.<!-- p. 44

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„I think as a kid I never really understood the magnitude of a hurricane and what it could do.“

—  Marshall Faulk All-American college football player, professional football player, running back, Pro Football Hall of Fame member 1973

St. Louis Post Dispatch 2005-08-31.

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„We are lucky that a crisis of this magnitude only comes around once every 80 years.“

—  José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero Former Prime Minister of Spain 1960

In an interview with Spanish national television.
As President, 2008
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„We are each other's harvest; we are each other's business; we are each other's magnitude and bond.“

—  Gwendolyn Brooks American writer 1917 - 2000

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Kontext: That time
we all heard it,
cool and clear,
cutting across the hot grit of the day.
The major Voice.
The adult Voice
forgoing Rolling River,
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„Government is either organized benevolence or organized madness; its peculiar magnitude permits no shading.“

—  John Updike American novelist, poet, short story writer, art critic, and literary critic 1932 - 2009

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„The way in which the irrational numbers are usually introduced is based directly upon the conception of extensive magnitudes—which itself is nowhere carefully defined—and explains number as the result of measuring such a magnitude by another of the same kind. Instead of this I demand that arithmetic shall be developed out of itself.“

—  Richard Dedekind German mathematician 1831 - 1916

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